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Financial disclosure is key to climate change

mark carney

In this treatise, Mark Carney (Canadian economist who currently serves as Governor of the Bank of England and Chairman of the G20’s Financial Stability Board) and Michael Bloomberg (American business magnate, politician, and philanthropist, whose wealth is estimated at $43.3 billion) explore wow to make a profit from defeating climate change From rising sea levels to more severe storms and more intense ...

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Delivering health for all with taps and toilets in Nigeria’s clinics

On Universal Health Coverage Day, we need to talk about why water, sanitation and hygiene must be included in the health conversation, writes Michael Ojo, Country Director, WaterAid Nigeria In so many ways, Nigeria is a study in contrasts. An ambitious middle-income country and Africa’s largest economy, it also struggles to provide some of the most basic of services to ...

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U.S. builds first offshore wind farm

Wind farm

America’s first offshore wind farm has commenced commercial operations and is now sending electricity to New England’s grid, it was announced on Monday, December 12 2016. The Block Island Wind Farm is located off the cost of Rhode Island and is a 30 megawatt, five turbine installation. A submarine transmission cable system is linking the energy produced by the wind ...

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FAO creates new climate department

climate department

Members approve new Department of Climate, Biodiversity, Land and Water, plus work plan that better syncs with the SDGs The 155th session of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) Council that held recently in Rome, Italy has endorsed the creation of a new department focused on climate change and approving a fine-tuned strategic framework that fully aligns ...

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Campaigners, at CBD/COP13, call for greater regulation on synthetic biology

Mariann Bassey Orovwuje

Mariann Bassey Orovwuje of the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) and member of the Friends of the Earth International (FoEI) delegation at the 13th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP13) to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Cancun, Mexico, presented a statement on behalf of the Civil Society Working Group on Synthetic Biology during ...

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American voters support action on climate change

Donald Trump

Against the backdrop of the incoming administration of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and a new Republican Congress, a recent  national survey conducted shortly after the election by the Centre for Climate Change Communication, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, finds that, across party lines, 69% of registered voters say the U.S. should participate in the international agreement to limit global warming, compared ...

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Publication highlights indigenous peoples’ biodiversity positions

Florina Lopez

Representatives from indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs) have come together to launch the publication titled “Local Biodiversity Outlooks, Indigenous Peoples’ and Local Communities’ Contributions to the Implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, a complement to Global Biodiversity Outlooks.” The publication is based on case studies from indigenous peoples living in countries as geographically diverse as Australia, Panama and ...

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Guterres sworn in as UN scribe amid Mohammed uncertainty

Antonio Guterres

Antonio Guterres was on Monday, December 12 2016 sworn in as the ninth and next UN Secretary-General, but there are uncertainties concerning his deputy. There have of recent been unconfirmed media reports that Amina Mohammed, Nigeria’s Minister of Environment, has been appointed as Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations. In fact, social and traditional media outfits had reported widely that ...

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Surge in methane emissions threatens climate progress

Global Carbon Project of Future Earth

Global concentrations of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas and cause of climate change, are now growing faster in the atmosphere than at any other time in the past two decades. That is the message of a team of international scientists in an editorial published 12 December 2016 in the journal Environmental Research Letters. The group reports that methane concentrations in the ...

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New site seeks to effectively communicate climate technology

Climate technology

“Climate Technology – the UNFCCC home for technology”, a new website that showcases UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) support to countries for climate technology action, was launched by the UN organisation’s secretariat on Monday, December 12 2016. “Just as technology was the main catalyst in the development of fossil fuels, so it is the driver of successful climate friendly solutions, ...

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